In Breaking of Bread

In Breaking of Bread

by P. J. FitzPatrick
     
 

For many years, belief in transubstantiation has been a hallmark of membership of the Church of Rome, and attempts to find new ways of expressing what is held about the Eucharist have been blamed for compromising the reality of Christ's presence there. But the notion of transubstantiation was developed in the scholastic tradition of theology, and that tradition no… See more details below

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For many years, belief in transubstantiation has been a hallmark of membership of the Church of Rome, and attempts to find new ways of expressing what is held about the Eucharist have been blamed for compromising the reality of Christ's presence there. But the notion of transubstantiation was developed in the scholastic tradition of theology, and that tradition no longer enjoys the favour it once did in the Roman Church. Moreover, the notion went with an ancient pattern of worship, and that pattern has been radically changed. With so much of the setting gone, it is not surprising that debates about transubstantiation have died down. This book is written in the belief that reflection upon the matter is indispensable. The author submits that transubstantiation and its proposed replacements are fundamentally similar in their confusions - they divorce appearance from reality because they fail to do justice to the Eucharist as a rite. The changes in Roman Catholic worship have sharpened the need for an account that will do justice; the book is an endeavour to provide one. But it tries to do more. Changes in worship and practice in the Church of Rome have led to much disagreement and anguish, and tensions involving the Vatican and the pope have become notorious. The problems of authority, of cohesion and of relating present to past are seen in the Roman Church today because they are seen everywhere. Dr FitzPatrick discusses these problems, and tries to exhibit the Eucharist as a pattern for coping with them.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521027335
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2006
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Methods of citation
1Against transubstantiation1
2Against transignification49
3History and language108
4Signs and disguises133
5Eucharistic proclamation175
6'Corpus mysticum'247
References382
Selective index394
Texts of Aquinas, cited or mentioned406

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